MANCHESTER - John S. McCormick Jr. died July 16, 2010, peacefully at his home in Manchester, Vt. John was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Bertha McCormick.
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He was born on September 9, 1913, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and attended Choate School, Princeton University and Harvard Business School.
John served during WWII as a captain in the 10th Army Division and then was sent to the Philippines for the final years of the war.
After the war, he and his wife moved from Sewickley, Pa., to their dairy farm in Pawlet, Vt., that they had purchased in 1939.
Until his death, John was chairman of the board of the J.S. McCormick Co. in Pittsburgh, Pa., which later became Limewood Investments. He also was a director of the Factory Point National Bank, president of the Southern Vermont Art Center, president of the Ekwanok Country Club and president of the board of trustees of the Ekwanok Arkell Trust Inc. When he died, John was the oldest living member of the Boone and Crockett Club.
John was an active golfer and a member of the United States Seniors' Golf Association. He was a North American big game hunter and took several trips to Alaska and British Columbia.
John was a lifelong conservationist and a steward of the land. His 15,000-acre property in the Adirondacks has gone to the Nature Conservancy to remain forever wild.
He is survived by his three children, Judith Taylor of Dorset, Vt., Levering McCormick of Manchester, Vt., and Roxanne Leighton of Newport, R.I., five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Ekwanok Scholarship Trust, Box 467, Manchester, VT 05254.
Brewster Funeral Service in Manchester has been entrusted with the care of John's funeral arrangements.
Published in Rutland Herald from July 21 to July 22, 2010